The Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) of Telangana State have received notices from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), India, in response to reports that a female student at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) was dragged by her hair while she was participating in a protest. Within four weeks, the commission has demanded a thorough report on the situation.
The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a report on a viral video that purportedly shows female police officers dragging a student by her hair who was protesting in Telangana’s Ranga Reddy district on January 24, during an agitation by some PJTSAU students.
As per information from the X handle of BRS party MLC Kavitha Kalvakuntla “The recent incident involving Telangana police is deeply concerning and absolutely unacceptable. Dragging a peaceful student protester and unleashing abrasive behaviour on the protestor raises serious questions about the need for such aggressive tactics by the police. This arrogant behaviour demands an unconditional apology from the Telangana Police. Urging the Human Rights Commission to take swift and strict action against those involved. This behaviour cannot become a norm and must be condemned by all alike.”
The students were protesting against the State government’s decision to allocate 100 acres of land of the university so that the new High Court complex could be built.
A student was seen being pulled by her hair and dragged by two female Cyberabad police constables as they rode on a scooter. The two female constables involved in the incident were suspended by the Cyberabad Police Commissioner.